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>> mitchell: diplomats are racing to head off a u.n. showdown on palestinian statehood. mark phillips on the west bank lays out the stakes. and chip reid has the story of pro soccer's comeback kid. two years after suffering devastating injuries, he's back on the field with an eye on the world cup. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: and good evening. president obama is set to raise the ante in the budget debate tomorrow with a proposal the change the way millionaires and billionaires are taxed. his plan is being packaged as a way of leveling the playing field between high earners and the middle class with a nod to one of america's highest earners of all. whit johnson in washington has details. >> reporter: president obama's latest deficit-reduction plan will include a new tax on americans earning more than $1 million a year. the so-called "buffett rule" is
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a reference to billionaire warren buffett, who says his receptionist pays a higher tax rate than he does. >> i think we ought to take more out of the hydes of fellas like me. >> reporter: after a slew of credits and deduction, people in warren buffett's class can pay as little as 15% in taxes while most middle-class americans pay an average of 25%. the white house aims to change that. details have yet to be released, but republicans are already calling it a political ploy. >> class warfare, chris, may make for really good politics, but it makes for rotten economics. >> reporter: maintaining their position that spending cuts, not revenues, are the best way to reduce the deficit. >> it's a very simple equation: tax increases destroy jobs. >> reporter: most high-income earners would hardly notice the new tax, says steve bell with the bipartisan policy center. >> you're talking about 400 to 450,000 people, so you're talking about a tiny, tiny percentage of taxpayers in the country. >> so how does that help deficit reduction? >> it doesn't directly as much
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as people would hope it does. >> reporter: but bell points out passage of a millionaire's tack could give the president leverage in the larger debt debate, getting republicans to budge on tax increases might make democrats more open to tackling entitlement programs. today on "face the nation," former president bill clinton said it will take all of the above. >> we're never going to balance the budget again as we did when i was president without a combination of three things: spending restraint, new revenues and more economic growth. >> reporter: president obama will announce details of the buffett rule tomorrow in addition to how he plans to pay for his new jobs bill and furthers reduce the deficit. russ? >> mitchell: whit johnson at the white house, thanks. for more perspective on the proposed millionaire's tax and its possible impact, we are joined by jill she's swrer, editor-at-large for cbsmoneywatch.com. good to see you. >> good to be here. >> mitchell: people say millionaires don't pay taxes or
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they don't pay as much as the rest of us. >> with a millionaire, you have different types of income. you have your ordinary income, your wages. you also have investment income. that's taxed at a much lower rate than your regular old ordinary income. when you push it together, it looks like millionaires are paying a lower lended tax rate. >> mitchell: the government wants this to replace the alternative minimum tax. that's brought in a lot of money for the feds. >> absolutely. something like $100 billion a year or maybe other that. when the amt started, it was a tax for really rich people. it first affected 20,000 people. now it looks to be on track to affect something like 25 million americans, a lot of those middle-class americans, and so really there has to be an effort to change this tax because it is just bringing in way to many people it was not intended to bring in. >> mitchell: by several estimates, only 0.3% of the tax-paying population falls into this millionaire's tax category. can this tax bring in as much
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revenue as the amt? >> amt, it's a big number. to get $130 billion a year, you're going to have to have a pretty high tax on those millionaires to replace that. i imagine they don't want us to just break even. they want way more than that. so it's going to be interesting to get the details. we don't have all the details yet. but what is clear is this is really trying to shift the burden from middle-class americans to the wealthiest americans, and it is going to be a battle to the end when they get to the bottom of this. >> mitchell: big time. jill schlesinger, thanks a lot. >> great to be here. >> mitchell: investigators said today the plane involved in friday's tragic crash at the reno air races had a video camera facing outwards and that memory cards found at the seaboard are being analyzed. pilots and eight spectators were killed. many remain hospitalized this evening, some in critical condition. karen brown spoke with a survivor. >> when the souped up world war ii plane nosedived into a crowd of fans at the reno air races,
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25-year-old noah joraanstad was in the stands. >> i'm right in. there i was right here where it hit. this was a very violent pull-up. it happened so fast. and he's rolling over. i'm like, okay, i'm going to die, so i'm going to just start running. >> and at that point when you closed your eye, you really think you're going to die? >> when i shut my eye, i seriously thought i was dying. okay, there's no way i'm going to survive getting hit by plane. then i opened my eyes an i'm like, okay, i think i'm going to make it but it's going to hurt real bad. >> >> reporter: with massive shrapnel wound in his back, noah way on the tarmac where several others were already dead. he called his mom with the help of a perfect strangeer. >> he gave me his mother's cell phone number so i could call her and let her know what hospital they were taking him to. >> i'm marlin like the fish, that's all i said. >> i'm here with know wamp i want you to know he's okay, but
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he has an injury and he's going to be transported to the hospital. >> i go, do you know noah? and he said, i don't, but i do now. >> marlin stayed with noah for over an hour until he was loaded into an ambulance. >> you know you're going to see dead people and people mangled and people in a lot of pain and just deal with it. it's aprilty amazing. >> there was so much shrapnel flying, i'm almost amazed there wasn't more hurt. thank goodness there wasn't. >> marlin is back in los angeles trying to process all he has seen, and noah hopes to leave the hospital as early as tomorrow. karen brown, cbs news, reno, nevada. >> mitchell: american diplomats are running out of time in their effort to dissuade palestinian leaders from seeking a u.n. vote on their bid for statehood. a security council vote could come within days. mark phillips is in the west bank city of ramallah. >> reporter: the regular demonstrations may look familiar, but this could be a fateful week in the conflict
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between palestinians and israelis, a week in which the palestinians tried to change the rules of the game. the new banner being waved in palestinian towns does not just call for an end to the israeli occupation. it called for the recognition by the u.n. of a palestinian state. now, even before the details that have stymied negotiations for years are worked out. palestinian president mahmoud abbas has resisted intense diplomatic arm twisting from the united states, and he insists he will go ahead and make the statehood application at the u.n. this week, an application the u.s. has described as a distraction from real negotiations. and which it has threatened to use its security council veto to stop. but for the palestinians who have seen negotiations stalled time and again while israeli settlements in west bank increase, the statehood dwam it is way -- gamut is a way to try to break the logjam. >> this makes a big difference.
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there is nothing else they could do. >> reporter: the statehood claim is based on the 1967 lines drawn before the israeli occupation of the west bank in the six-day war. it's a proposed border rejected as indefensible by the israelis. 500,000 of whom now live on what used to be the palestinian side of the line. and now israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, has also rejected american advice and will go to the u.n., as well, to put the israeli case. >> i know that the general assembly is not a place where israel gets a fair hearing. i know that the automatic majority there always rush to condemn israel and twist truth beyond recognition. but i've decided to go there anyway. >> the palestinians have looked around the middle east this summer, and they say they've learned something, that decisive action in lib that, in egypt, in tunisia, can produce dramatic
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results, and so they've decided on a bold move of their own. they want to negotiate, they say, but state to state. mark phillips, cbs news, ramallah. >> mitchell: the death toll from a powerful 6.9 earthquake that shook a northeastern province of india and nepal has risen to at least 18. officials report extensive damage to roads and bridges and say many villages are cut off by mudslides. later treating cancer by making tumors glow. an injured american soccer player's remarkable comeback and a lesson in fund-raising at a struggling los angeles high school. those stories when the cbs evening news continues. >> mitchell: fairfax high
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school has been serving los angeles for almost a century now, but when the hard economic times came and city funds dried up, the school came up with its own lesson plan for survival. bill whitaker explains. >> fairfax high school was all
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too typical of l.a.'s inner city public schools. >> it was in disrepair, run down. >> with a relentlessly shrinking budget, $2.5 million cut since last year, ed zubiate is principal. >> most of the school was rebuilt in 1970. it hadn't been painted since then. >> reporter: so four years ago when cash-strapped l.a. cut the budget yet again, zubiate got angry and then got busy. >> this is my school. if this is what you're going to give me and it's not enough for me and my constituency, then i'm going to find some other way to go get it. >> >> reporter: taking a page from the private school record plan, he hired a director of development to raise funds from outside sources. >> welcome, class of 1960. >> reporter: she's reaching out the alumni for donations. >> you are the first ones to see our brand-new development and alumni office. >> reporter: and local businesses. >> we really need your support
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because we're looking at 50 kids in a classroom. and you can't learn that way. >> reporter: with their support and money kleifield rounded up from education grants, the school has raised $15 million in four years. funding this dance program, this newly renovated auditorium. this is the football field today. on the drawing board... >> a brand-new 2,800 seat grand stand. >> and more. >> computers, desk, tables. >> reporter: it sprang from a creative alliance of artist pierson blaetz and whitney weston. >> a school does not necessarily need to have handouts. it has resources within that school to create its own resources. >> reporter: the fund-raising hasn't replaced all of fairfax high's budget shortfalls, but it sure has softened the blow. >> it's like, well, we're needing to reinvent how things
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are done, and maybe this is the way to do it. >> reporter: a survival lesson for public schools in hard times. bill whitaker, cbs news, los angeles. >> mitchell: ahead, a new procedure for rooting out tumors by making them glow. >> mitchell: doctors trying to
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detect cancer in its earliest stages may soon have the benefit of a new treatment. as cynthia bowers tells, the treatment forces cancer cells to reveal themselves before it's too late. >> reporter: to a surgeon operating on cancer, the key is getting it all the first time. but tumors can be tiny and hard
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to see. now a new technology developed at purdue university actually make cancer cells glow so surgeons can see what they have been missing. >> we can compare the amount of disease that's removed before versus the amount of disease that's removed after use of the florescent lamp. that's at least five times more. >> reporter: it works by tricking the cancer into showing itself. researchers add a glowing dye to folic acid, a vitamin cancer cells need to grow. the difference is really remarkable. look at this. this is what a surgeon sees using traditional methods. now look at this, all those glowing spots are cancer, tumors that might have gone undetected inside the patient. the procedure has not been approved yet in this country, but dutch doctors have performed 20 successful trial surge risk. >> the more aggressive surgical removal of the tumor, the better the outcome the patient will be. >> reporter: so far this has only been on used on ovarian
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cancer, but researchers are convinced this is just the beginning. >> works on about 40% of the cancers, but we're developing similar targeting molecules for the other 60% of the cancer. >> even more promising, that same technology can be used to precisely target and kill cancer by delivering extremely powerful chemotherapy drugs just to the cancer cells, leaving healthy tissue unharmed. those drugs are already in f.d.a. trials. cynthia bowers, cbs news, chicago. >> mitchell: ahead, beijing's answer to overcrowded schools -- tear them down. that story is next. >> mitchell: for years may
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granted workers in beijing have had little choice but to send their youngsters to technically illegal schools. now city officials are cracking down on these schools with an eye to encouraging reverse migration, back to the farms. celia hatton has more. >> reporter: beijing's youth home school is noisy and overcrowded. students like five-year-old cai li feel lucky to be here. this is one of the few schools in the capital to accept the children of migrant workers. china has a floating population of 230 million migrants, people who left their impoverished villages to find jobs in the big city. but chinese regulations discriminate against this group, ruling that all chinese citizens can only access safe services like primary education and medical care in their home towns. to skirt the rules, migrant parents pay $100 a semester,
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almost all their earnings, so families can stay together and their children can attend private make-shift schools in the city. a lot of kindergartens and primary schools have been shut down says principal li yang, so those kids have nowhere to go. the beijing government demolished 30 may grant schools this summer, saying the buildings were unsafe, but few believe that's the only reason. suspecting city officials want to force migrant families to leave the congested capital. not long ago this empty lot housed a migrant school. 1,400 students packed the classrooms here every semester for 12 years. the local government was in such a hurry to close down the school that it took just five hours for demolition crews to reduce the building to this. china's leaders are now facing mounting pressure to treat migrants the same as city dwellers so no family will have to choose between economic
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survival and an education for their children. as cai's mother explains, "we want our children to wear warm clothes, eat well and develop their future here." we'll inner catch up with others in beijing, but it's a better life than in our hometown. for now the family spends all they make on their children's tuition, an investment they think is worth it while their schools are still standing. celia hatton, cbs news, beijing. >> mitchell: ahead, his doctors said he'd never play soccer again. well, guess again. that story is next. >> mitchell: and finally this
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evening, an inspiring story of a young man who refused to give up. not only is charlie davies one of pro soccer's top scorers, he's also one of the great comeback stories in modern sports. here's chip reid. >> nearly two years ago it
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looked like charlie davies would never play soccer again. >> many people doubted me. in my own head, i knew nothing would keep me from getting back on the field. >> davie, a star forward for the u.s. national soccer team, was horribly injured in a car accident near washington, d.c., that killed another passenger. davie's right leg was fractured in three places, his eye socket shattered, his bladder lacerated, his nose and left elbow broken. several days after the accident, davies woke up in a hospital, unsure where he was and what had happened. >> the first thing i saw was about 36 staples starting from my belly button. >> reporter: when davies' doctor assessed his condition, the outlook was bleak. >> the injuries i had, basically it would be a long shot if i could ever, you know, run again, just run again. >> reporter: he underwent four months of rehabilitation at the washington medical center and
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slowly got back on the field. >>it's been less than two years since the accident, and not only is charlie davies back on the field, he's leading the team in goals scored and he is once again one of the fastest players in the league. d.c. united's coach ben olsen has seen davies make extraordinary progress in a short period of time. >> he didn't give me much of a choice. he came in and did his job and scores goals. >> for all the hard work and hours of rehab, davies credits his fiancee for being his rock. >> she was on my side from day one. and she helped me through the tough days and she was right by my side to give me encouragement. >> and just this month he visited the doctors and nurses he says saved his life. >> oh, my god. >> when you think of brazil, what do you think? >> i think world class, doesn't get any better than that, and something that i need to achieve. >> reporter: the experts said
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davies would never return to top form and making it to brazil to the world cup would be impossible. there's nothing he'd like better than to prove them wrong. chip reid, cbs news, washington. >> mitchell: and that is the "cbs evening news." i'm russ mitchell in new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org le mystery. what they say about new evidence, near where human remains were found. "...the site out there we're going to have many casualties" tonight: the chaos after the air race crash. the emergency calls, and the key pieces of evidence. "...probably offend some people" and some fans cry "foul." the new security measures at candlestick, and n-f-l stadiums
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